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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

First Year Experience

"Many schools now build into the curriculum first-year seminars or other programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. The highest-quality first-year experiences place a strong emphasis on critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students’ intellectual and practical competencies. First-year seminars can also involve students with cutting-edge questions in scholarship and with faculty members’ own research."      -- George D. Kuh

 

The 5 KEYs for teaching new students: 

  • Structure your course clearly. 
  • Communicate your expectations regularly. 
  • Be reasonably flexible with the challenges students face.
  • Design for student growth in learning the course content.
  • Reflect on your teaching. For example, ask yourself:  How does this assignment empower students to learn the course outcomes? Am I flexible enough that students are empowered to learn the course outcomes? 

Supporting Research

         Bers, Trudy and Donna Younger. "The First-Year Experience in Community Colleges." New Directions for Institutional Research, vol. 2013, no. 160, Aug.                               2014, pp. 77-93. EBSCOhost

             Connolly, Sara, et al. "First Year Experience for At-Risk College Students." College Student Journal, vol. 51, no. 1, 01 Mar. 2017, pp. 1-6. EBSCOho

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Top Ten Tips (Online Friendly)

Teaching TIP #1: 

In Announcements, post a clear outline of what will be covered in class that week, to include student deliverables with due date. 

Teaching TIP #2:

Tell students that your goal is to empower them to learn.

  • Let them know how to contact you. (Answer them within 24 hrs.)
  • Set some “drop-in” office hours online (maybe one in the morning and one in the evening).
  • Talk about the importance of self-advocacy and communication.

Teaching TIP # 3: 

Personalize.

  • Call students by name. Start all feedback, emails, and discussion responses with the student’s name.
  • Add a picture. To your profile, or to the assignment or discussion prompt.
  • Use the audio feedback function. Students LOVE this, when you’re brief. 

Teaching Tip #4: 

Post reflective questions for each week.

  • What has been difficult for you this week, or in this assignment?
  • What was easy?
  • What strategies are you using to succeed?

Teaching TIP #5: 

Start the term with a conversation about privacy and safe spaces. 

  • Suggested prompt for discussion on privacy : “In this class, you are writing to others as well as for yourself. Please know that your work is subject to being read by others such as classmates, my colleagues, or administrators. If you write that you are being harmed, that you have harmed someone, or that you want to harm yourself, I'm legally required to report it. For things too private to risk being read, please keep a separate journal.”
  • Suggested prompt for discussion on safe classroom space: “The more we can create community in this course, the more you will learn and the happier we will all be. To that end, I have a few rules apart from the obvious student conduct rules for PPCC (see Part 4 of the Syllabus) to keep us all safe. Emotional safety--No one will use offensive or insulting terms when speaking to or about anyone in this course. Intellectual safety--Respect perspectives--everyone knows something you don't. You're free to read, write, and speak about your confusions, questions and new learning. Spiritual safety--Respect the beliefs or lack of belief of those in this course. All world religions agree on one rule: treat others as you want to be treated. Everyone is entitled to the integrity of their heart and soul.”  (From Think Like Socrates, Shanna Peeples)

Teaching TIP #6: 

Communicate that learning is a process. 

  • Check-in with students individually, on how it’s going, especially grades. Give them a call, if you can. Submit early alerts. (https://www.ppcc.edu/navigate/early-alert) 
  • When assigning the first really challenging work of the term, talk with students beforehand about "growth mindset" vs. "fixed mindset beliefs" (Verschelden, 62). Students begin to see that the goal is not perfection on a single assignment, but gradual learning overall.
  • When grading student work, adopt a "working/not yet working" philosophy as opposed to good/wrong.
  • Whenever possible, give students the opportunity to revise their work.

Teaching TIP #7: 

Use D2L discussion boards to learn from diverse others and engage in substantive conversations. Examples: 

Teaching TIP #8: 

Develop community through Collaborative Projects.

Example: In Google docs, student groups write a letter of advocacy for a group/type of student at the college and send to club advisor, student government, president, dean, department chair, etc.

Teaching TIP #9: 

Encourage students to talk about their career goals. For example, “Here’s why I want to be a nurse (fill in the blank).” Post career type videos in content.

  • Example: Watch the video of Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she spoke at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2016. https://vimeo.com/181804588 . Possible questions: What lessons can we learn from Justice Sotomayor regarding education? How important is education? Why? How does this connect with your career path?

Teaching TIP #10:

 Talk with students about registering for next semester. Post a discussion for advice and questions.

More info: HIPs@ppcc.edu or ppcc.edu/hips

 

HIPs Faculty Specialists are peer experts who are ready to assist fellow faculty to implement or improve high impact practices.

Have general HIPs questions? Contact: HIPs@ppcc.edu 

FYE Student Engagement

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Essential Books

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Peeples, Shanna. Think Like Socrates: Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy Into the Classroom, Grades 4-12 (Corwin Teaching Essentials). 1st ed., Corwin, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/Think-Like-Socrates-Questions-Essentials/dp/1506391648

Note: Content is easily adaptable for higher education in all disciplines.

*Available for checkout from PPCC Library at both Centennial and Rampart Range Campus

 

Verschelden, Cia, and Pasquerella. Bandwidth Recovery. Zaltbommel-Netherlands, Netherlands, Van Haren Publishing, 2017.

https://www.amazon.com/Bandwidth-Recovery-Cognitive-Resources-Marginalization/dp/1620366053/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Cia+Verschelden%27s+Bandwidth+Recovery&qid=1593719581&s=books&sr=1-1

              *Available for checkout from PPCC Library at both Centennial and Rampart Range Campus

 


Online Resources

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FYE Teaching Tips

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Teaching TIP #1: In Announcements, post a clear outline of what will be covered in class that week, to include student deliverables with due date. 

Teaching TIP #2: Call students by name. Start all feedback, emails, and discussion responses with the student’s name.

Teaching TIP # 3: Personalize. Add a picture. Use the audio feedback function.

Teaching Tip #4: Use D2L discussion boards to learn from diverse others and engage in substantive conversations.

Examples: 

60 Minutes report on Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, the President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) the school where it's "Cool to be smart."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsAYyf1BOOA      -or-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EglK8Mk18o

Why do students drop out? 

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/05/28/479208574/how-to-fix-a-graduation-rate-of-1-in-10-ask-the-dropouts 

How can PPCC create an environment where students feel they belong? Do your teachers expect you to do well here? Do they check in with you on your progress? What pushes you to do better? 

Teaching TIP #5: Encourage students to talk about their dreams. For example, “Here’s why I want to be a nurse (fill in the blank).” Post career type videos in content.

Example: Watch the video of Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she spoke at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2016

https://vimeo.com/181804588

What lessons can we learn from Justice Sotomayor regarding education? How important is education? Why? How does this connect with your career path?

Teaching TIP #6: Check-in with students individually, on how it’s going, especially grades, and then submit early alerts.   

Teaching TIP #7: In Discussions: Ask students to find a TIme Management app. Have students describe which to use and why.

Teaching TIP #8: Develop community through Collaborative Projects. Example: In Google docs, student groups write a letter of advocacy for a group/type of student at the college and send to club advisor, student government, president, dean, department chair, etc.

Teaching TIP #9: Have students register for next semester. Post a discussion for advice and questions.

Teaching TIP #10: Post reflective questions for each week: What has been difficult for you this week? What was easy? What strategies are you using to succeed

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